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David House pool competition crew, the BBs, an example of inclusion excellence

Annecto AGM 2017 185

Each year The School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne and the Committee of the Hobsons Bay Community Fund work in collaboration to explore how to broaden inclusion in all areas of sport in the west.

This year they have identified the BBs – the David House Pool Competition crew as an example of inclusion excellence.  The group was chosen because of two key points.  The crew is made of men with a range of disabilities, however they play in a mainstream league against other mainstream pool players – and have not been side lined into a disability specific league.  This has great outcomes for both the crew and the league – the BBs have become very competitive players who aim to play their best each week.  They have also made the North Western Pool League more inclusive and accepting of players with differing abilities.

This is no ‘flash in the pan’ inclusion initiative. The BB’s have been playing in the North Western Pool League for over 10 years now and this type of longevity is quite rare and unusual.

The BBs success was acknowledged and celebrated with an award of $1000 from the Sports for Everyone – Awards for Youth Inclusion in Sport and Recreation 2017, on Wednesday 25th October at a special awards night. The money will go towards new pool cues and uniforms for all the players and to some sort of celebratory dinner.

The BB’s are made up of the following team players: Glen Cahill, Sula Gjomakaj, Kim Long Bui, Ibrahim Nasser, Brad Mollison, Zenny Spiridis, Matthew Moles, and Danny Alsabbagh. 

They are supported by their captain Nick Cailes and by Kelly Fowler (annecto Support Worker), as well as Chateau Gjomakaj – BB’s volunteer.